David Hunt | CEO and Founder
David Hunt is a prominent figure and thought leader in the clean energy sector. Hailed as a leading green entrepreneur by the Financial Times, David also presents at industry events such as EcoSummit, Energy Storage Europe and Fully Charged Live.
David is a frequent contributor to trade publications such as Energy Storage News, Solar Power Portal, PV Tech, Clean Energy News and Smart Cities World. His industry insights have been quoted in UK broadsheet newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph and the Sunday Times. Being well versed in business and economics, he has also lent his voice to the likes of BBC Radio Four and ITV’s 6 O’clock news.
A cleantech expert and industry insider, David specialises in the clean energy and eMobility sectors. His drive to accelerate these growing markets led him to set up Hyperion Executive Search Ltd, a talent acquisition company specialising in the clean energy space that incisively places talent where it’s needed. Hyperion has been helping businesses grow and succeed since 2014 and recently expanded its operations in Europe with a new office in Munich. David’s headhunting team now operates across EMEA and the US.
Before this, David co-founded an award-winning multi-technology renewable energy installation business, sat as a policy board member with the UK Renewable Energy Association, and was a member of PRASEG (Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group).
In addition to his day to day activities working with the clients and team of Hyperion Executive Search, David hosts the podcast ‘This Week in Cleantech.’ The Podcast is a platform for David and invited experts to share and review the biggest, and most interesting news stories in the cleantech sector each week, providing expert opinion, analysis and insight. It is anticipated that the podcast will be a catalyst for the further growth and development of the cleantech revolution. You can subscribe here.
Ross Hoare | Director of Operations and Delivery
Ross has over nine years’ experience in the renewable energy and cleantech sector. He has worked extensively in operations, project management and delivery, procurement, system design and resource planning. Ross has managed the installation of over 7MW of solar PV at both residential and commercial scale, prior to joining Hyperion in 2015.
Ross has managed award-winning multi-technology projects, from the initial design stage right up to completion. He has a thorough understanding of the technologies, processes and skills required to deliver complex renewable energy projects.
As Director of Operations and Delivery at Hyperion Executive Search, Ross draws upon this wealth of experience and insight, to manage our project delivery processes, customer satisfaction and to ensure every project is delivered on time, with the most efficient and effective processes. He also directly helps recruit the very best technical talent available in the sector. Ross uses his experience to create great affinity with candidates and clients in the project and technical sphere which is invaluable in both attracting and interviewing potential candidates. His specialist areas are in all aspects of solar PV and clean energy. Ross also manages our internal resources, finances and operations, and is a member of the board.
Martin Allman | Group Sales Director
Martin joined Hyperion in August 2019 having previously worked with some of the leading renewable energy and cleantech companies in Europe. He has gained extensive experience over more than 13 years, taking the lead role in starting and growing businesses in the sector. Having worked with an extensive network of installers, developers, manufacturers, distributors and utilities, he has strong insights into the future areas for growth across cleantech markets, and a deep knowledge of the UK and European policy landscape.
Before joining Hyperion Martin was the first Country Director for UK and Ireland for sonnen – a market leader in lithium-based energy storage products and VPP services. In this role he secured and delivered contracts with energy suppliers, network operators, housing developers and social housing providers, as well as establishing a network of installers and distributors from scratch.
Martin has also held Director-level roles with Sputnik Engineering (SolarMax), a leading Swiss solar inverter manufacturer, and with Enfinity a leading international developer, EPC and PV product supplier. Martin is also a Director of Westmill Solar Co-operative which owns and operates the UK’s first community owned solar farm.
As Hyperion’s Group Sales Director Martin will support the company’s continuing growth across our target markets and develop strong relationships with our clients.
He brings to Hyperion huge practical experience and valuable insights into the challenges faced by start-up and early stage ventures in developing new markets and building successful teams. This is all backed up by a genuine passion for renewable energy and a strong personal conviction to play a part in delivering the energy transition.
Away from work, Martin is a family man and sports fanatic who tries to pass on his own enthusiasm as a youth football coach.
Wolfgang Kick | Managing Director DACH
Wolfgang is based in Munich and, as Managing Director of our DACH business, driving the expansion in Continental Europe.
His professional experience spans almost two decades across management consulting (with PwC) as well as external executive search and an internal talent acquisition role with the digital transformation consultancy Publicis.Sapient.
Drawing upon a track record in executive search that spans three continents (Europe, Asia and Australia) he has successfully delivered senior assignments for both large, international clients as well as fast growing start-ups and highly specialised boutique firms. In 2018 Wolfgang joined Hyperion as Managing Director DACH. Building upon his deep expertise in recruiting high calibre candidates for top tier strategy consulting firms, he now advises clients on recruiting the best talent to build successful businesses in the renewable energy era.
Wolfgang is passionate about providing exceptional service to both clients and candidates. His strategic approach to executive search is based on a set of strong values which enable him to exceed our clients` expectations time and again.
In his spare time he can be found either on a road bike, a golf course or reading a book. Alternatively you might try a pub that allows him to follow the Wallabies (as he is a German and Australian citizen).
Jon Rose | Head of North America
Jon joined the Hyperion Executive Search team in Jan 2018 and is responsible for leading our operations in North America and supporting our clients in this ever expanding market. Jon will be building our first US based team out of Austin, Texas.
Jon has a proven track record partnering with a diverse portfolio of energy & technology clients across the world, ranging from pre-investment start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, to find the best talent in the industry.
A year after graduating in the UK in 2011, Jon relocated to Houston, TX and spent 3 years working with upstream oil & gas clients to manage their senior-level technical & commercial searches, recruiting industry leaders responsible for multi-million onshore & offshore projects. Passionate about making a contribution to a more sustainable energy system, Jon moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2014 and started to utilize his executive search experience in the renewable energy and clean technology sectors, working with independent power producers, project developers and investment funds to tell their story in the marketplace. He has managed senior-level searches in thirteen states with wind energy, solar energy and energy storage clients and has placed candidates across a broad spectrum of disciplines – C-Level, Operations, Asset Management, Project/Product Development, Engineering, Finance, Legal and Marketing.
Jon is an avid follower of US sport, a proud owner of a Stetson, a keen long distance runner (completed the New York Marathon in 2017 and is running the Paris Marathon in 2019) and a craft beer enthusiast (currently brewing his own beer with very mixed success!)
Jerry Stokes | Non-Executive Director
Jerry brings a wealth of experience and contacts to the Hyperion team. His network in the solar, energy storage and renewable sector is extensive and opens many doors for the team. Jerry is also Executive Chairman of Gridserve and SEC, a 40-year-old British family owned industrial battery, energy storage and solar power company operating globally through a network of partners and own offices in Europe, South East Asia, China and the Middle East. Jerry set up and ran, over a period of 10 years, the leading solar PV module maker Suntech’s European business where he held the position of President and led the company to annual revenues of over £1.5billion and annual supply of over a 1000MW of PV modules.
Prior to that Jerry has worked in the industrial battery sector as Sales Director for both Sanyo and AEA Technology. He was a member of the UN Secretary Generals Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change, an advisor to the Director General of UNIDO on Sustainable Energy and has worked with leading institutions such as The Clinton Foundation, The Copenhagen Climate Council and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group as well as being a Director of EPIA the European Photovoltaic Industries Association and an Executive Committee member of the BPVA in the UK.
Lukas Neckermann | Advisor
Lukas Neckermann is Managing Director at Neckermann Strategic Advisors, a consultancy based in London with a focus on emerging new mobility trends and their strategic impact. He has 20 years of leadership experience in automotive, media, and financial services.
He began his automotive career in BMW’s Central Marketing department in Munich, where he codeveloped the first BMW.com website, helped launch the innovative Z8 sports car, and – as an internal consultant – recommended pricing, marketing communication, and positioning strategies for BMW’s brands (BMW, MINI, Rover, Land Rover, and MG). Lukas joined Allianz in 2002, reporting to the Group’s CEO, Michael Diekmann. He rose through various strategic and line leadership functions at Allianz, including Head of Business Development for Allianz Automotive. He is an advisor to three startup companies: NEXT Future Transportation Inc. based in Silicon Valley, as well as Flock and Splyt, both based in London.
Lukas is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), Adjunct Instructor at New York University, and has lectured and taught courses to executives from over 40 countries; he is frequently called upon as a keynote speaker on “The Mobility Revolution”, as well as on leadership, and innovation.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Lukas is the author of three books, The Mobility Revolution (Matador Business Press 2015), Corporate Mobility Breakthrough 2020 (Corporate Vehicle Observatory 2016), and Smart Cities, Smart Mobility (released End of 2017 in four languages).